Since the pandemic and quarantine, I have found it so hard to concentrate on reading. I’ve read enough articles and posts to know I’m not alone in this. I felt guilty for awhile, but I know that I need to whatever makes me feel good during this odd time. When my cousin recommended the second book on this month’s short list, I was grateful for an easy read, as a way to get back into reading again.
**I just realized that I never even published this short list for April. So here it is!
- The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes – I loved this book, a fictionalized story about the WPA’s Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. There was romance, mystery, lots of books, and adventure all in one story. As these young women rode horses to rural, remote areas to share reading materials with locals, I loved and hated their small town life. The characters were so much fun to read about, from the British Alice to the fiesty Margery. This was a beautiful story.
- The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth – Thanks my cousin JJ for this recommendation! This was a fun, quick read about a wealthy family with lots of issues. I love how the story was told in chapters that alternated between flashback and present day details, narrated by Diana, the mother-in-law, and Lucy, the daughter-in-law. I appreciate the details we learn about their relationship as the story unfolds.
This year I’m also keeping track of the stats of the books I read. Here are April’s stats:
Author is of or plot addresses a different race/ethnicity, orientation, religion than me:
Female author: 2
Nonbinary Author: 0